My first time in Philly + The Roots Picnic

This past weekend was absolute life! The food, the music, and the Philly vibe is one I will always remember. Here’s a peek at all the things that made this past weekend one I won’t forget.

Hanging With The Homies

When my husband and I started planning for our trip to Philly it was just the two of us. After sharing our excitement for the trip our friends Nate and Elaine decided to tag along. We had a blast together, to say the least. We decided to drive the 9hrs vs fly which I don’t mind because I LOVE road trips! I truly enjoy the scenery, listening to a good book, and having a great conversation along the way.

Nate, Elaine, Hubby, and Me

The Cheesesteak Steak

Ok, so it was my first time ever trying an authentic cheesesteak. I actually think it was my first cheesesteak ever. Crazy, I know. Our plan before leaving Cincinnati was to try cheesesteaks from a few different places to see which one we liked the best. The first place we tried was Ishkabibbles. I think I was most excited to try this place because of hearing about it in one of Musiq Soulchild’s (one of my favorite artist) songs. My husband and I decided to get the “South Philly Cheesesteak”. It consisted of roasted peppers, spinach, and provolone. It was tasty, not too stuffed, and the bread was a good texture. The second cheesesteak we tried was from Jim’s  Steaks in West Philly. We ordered a cheesesteak with sweet peppers, onions, and provolone. Talk about yum! Y’all, it was good.

Jim’s Steaks

Jim’s Steaks is known for there cheese whiz sauce which I was 100% against trying. I had my mind made up before I even left Cincinnati that I wasn’t trying it. Somehow my friend Nate convinced me to take a bite. You guys it was the BOMB! I ended up eating half of his sandwich. lol, It was tasty! The last cheesesteak we tried was from Geno’s. We ordered the mushroom steak. We love our mushrooms! It was underwhelming, to say the least. There wasn’t one drop of seasoning used. Not….one…drop. The mushrooms were the already cooked ones from the can. I understand they can’t chop hundreds of fresh mushrooms daily. But can we at least get some salt, pepper, creole, garlic salt, something? I was so disappointing.


From reading over my thoughts I’m sure you can guess which one was my favorite. Yep, it was Jim’s with the cheese whiz by a landslide.

The Air BNB

Our air bnb was lovely, to say the least. The bed was so comfortable. It had one of those weighted blankets that I had never experienced before our stay. It was perfect. So much so that I started researching them on Amazon so I can purchase one of my own. It makes you feel so cozy and relaxed. I need one asap. The decor had a modern vintage vibe to it that I loved, all the way down to the paint color in our bedroom. It was an olive sage green. You guys know how I feel about my green.

West Philly Third Floor (name on Air BNB)

We had our own floor that had two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a room with a kitchen and a sitting area. It was very cozy and had everything we needed for our stay. Plus our host was very friendly and helpful. We all enjoyed it.

The Picnic (and the stampede)

Music is life to me! I grew up around it being played every day in my house. And not just one genre, but many musical styles. Everyone in my immediate family can sing except for my dad and older sister. I sang in the choir, was over youth choir, and more. You get my drift, it runs in my blood. But back to the picnic. The weather was perfect in Philly for this outdoor occasion. The sun was shining and the melanin was glowing. When we arrived the line was crazy! It took an hour just to get into the picnic. Because of this, I missed seeing Moonchild. My feelings were hurt, to say the least. They were at the top of my list of performances to see. Oh well, there is always next time. By the time we got in, we had to pretty much run to where the next artist I wanted to see was performing. Before taking our seats we grabbed a bite to eat. We ordered two lemon sweet teas, a hot dog, a chicken sandwich, and two fries that came to a whopping $42. I almost in my “soldier boy voice” said 42 DOOOOLLLAS! I guess it comes with the territory.

Hubby and Me

We got our food and found some good seats to watch Tank and The Bangas. They were fire! If you aren’t hip, you are doing yourself an injustice. Check out their new album “Green Balloon” on Spotify, Tidal or whatever you use to stream your tunes. You won’t be disappointed. After T&TB was Blueface. My husband had to tell me what he was known for because chile, I am not hip to a lot of this new mainstream music. It hurts my ears. lol After Blueface was Queen Naija which I enjoyed. The girl can sing. The crowd loved her. The last artists that we saw on The Mann Stage were Black Thought, Yasim Bey (Mos Def), Pharoh Monch, and Mumu Fresh. They all were a part of a live mixtape. You guys…….it was LIFE! I am a huge Yasim fan and baaaaby he did that. It was my first time seeing the other three live and they brought it. I mean, I didn’t expect anything less. I first heard Mumu Fresh on NPR’s tiny desk. She raps and sings. She is everything. She is a mix of Jill, Lauren, and Erykah. Yep, she is pretty much fire!

That last two artists that we saw were 21 Savage and HER. Once again my husband had to put me on to this 21 Savage character. Y’all, I really don’t be hip. Once I heard the song he was known for, it clicked. He gets some serious radio play. And finally last but certainly not least, I got a chance to hear the beautiful HER. She was one of artist that I was most hype about seeing. Her voice is pure magic! Click the link below to watch some of her performance.



I can’t forget the stampede part of this picnic experience. So we’re chilling, taking usies, dancing, chatting and having a good time watching 21 do his thing. And all of a sudden hundreds of people start running towards us screaming. My friend Elaine got trampled and the picnic got CRAZY for like 15 minutes straight. I am so thankful that we were towards the back of the crowd because it could’ve been way worse. My friend was scratched up some but the rest of us made it out without any injuries. Nothing but God y’all. It all happened so fast and no one really knew what happened. Talk about wild. After everything calmed down they decided to continue the show.

HER came out and killed it! We didn’t expect anything less.

Overall, the picnic was a great experience and I plan on attending next year. It was $59 (per ticket) well spent.

Stay tuned for my next post. I’ll share all about our day trip to NY.



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  1. June 14, 2019 / 11:00 pm

    I really enjoyed this blog post I felt like I was there with y’all. I have never been but plan too one day. Me and my bae laughed about the Genoa sub he wants to try them bad but after that we will need some seasoning 😂 y’all didn’t try pats?

    • personalbravery1
      June 17, 2019 / 12:59 pm

      Hello, No we didn’t. I think that was the one we wanted to try but didn’t get a chance too. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for taking the time to read it!